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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Into the Night

I'm slowly recovering from an incredibly hectic first week of lectures and tutorials. A new academic year at the university always feels like there's more work to do than there are hours of the day to do it in. Thankfully, from previous experience, I know that this too shall pass.

My weekly music podcast is always a delight to produce. I truly hope that my listeners enjoy it as much as I do. The 85th edition has all new tracks from four acts that have appeared previously in the series. It's good to get new releases from established singers and musicians, particularly because most of them show signs of maturity over time.

NV has not only just released a new single entitled Out of Love but she has also (finally!) launched her MySpace page. I like the new song. It's the sort of thing we've come to expect from this singer and it's great that she doesn't disappoint with this new recording.

Following up on their fantastic Jack the Ripper, The Rifffs have released a new song called Monday Morning. I'm sure this brings them closer to releasing their much awaited debut album. Still, with such a great following on MySpace and at their live gigs, perhaps a CD album is no longer a necessary priority for what is arguably the most popular reformed Maltese rock band ever.

Kristina Casolani too has released a new single. The song is called Leaving and it comes along with an announcement that her album Uninvited is due out in mid-2008. The latest single features Sixth Simfoni's David Leguesse, whose voice contrasts quite nicely with Kristina's. This is their second collaboration since he also appeared a her second single Bad Vibe. Maltese RnB doesn't get better than this.

If you follow my Mużika Mod Ieħor series regularly you probably already know that I'm in the process of collecting nominations for the 2007 listeners' pick of Maltese music releases. While there are a couple of albums released earlier this year that I like enough to consider as my personal top picks for the year, Danjeli's new album Kakofonija now tops my personal chart for 2007, ahead of any other album by a mile. Pinkpube has published to new releases after a (not too) lengthy hiatus. One is an EP by Dot. (to be featured soon on MMI) and the Kakofonija album from Danjeli. I've picked the track Iż-Żufjett to play of this week's podcast but every track on Kakofonija is simply wonderful. I know I'll be playing more tracks from it in the coming weeks, months and years. The entire album is available as a free download from the PinkPube website.

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